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    September 10, 2010
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september 10th, 2010. it is a cool 58 degrees, refreshing morning. don't be surprised. you may need a sweater this morning. >> you will need a sweater but this is sweater weather. >> i slept with my windows open last night and woke up with cold toes though. >> put a blanket on the toes. >> got to find of comforters now. >> we do have a beautiful clear sky. look at the temperatures around our region. down into the cool 50s in most locations outside the beltway. inside the beltway in the low and mid-60s as well as near the waters and out in the mountains in the 40s on this friday morning in western maryland. eastern shore in the 50s. look at salisbury is only 52 right now. quite a cool start. this is all because of a large area of canadian high pressure that stretches from the great lakes all the way down to the mid-atlantic states. the western side of the high has moisture associated with it. as it drifts off the coast, it will allow the moisture to come in here on sunday. between now and then we stay
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dry, sunny with highs in the upper 70s and more of the same on saturday but clouding up, the rain may move in after midnight on saturday night. drying out in time for the big game sunday night. eric thomas, how's the traffic? >> good morning, the university boulevard eastbound at dennis avenue is getting better. the accident allows one lane getting by eastbound. westbound all of the lanes are open. utility work will continue because there's a crash that brought down the pole and wires. let's look at what's going on in the beltway. very low volume, not seeing any kind of problems here on the beltway. looks as though things are moving pretty well. we are dealing with road construction on the inner loop around here between 123 and the toll road before you get to the american legion bridge. getting through with possible stoppages that are going to continue until, well probably getting picked up about now. 95 northbound in virginia, seeing everybody moving well but
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the growing volume. back to you in the studio. we're following a developing story out of northern california this morning where a massive fire ball is still burning out of control in the middle of a residential town in san bruno, a neighborhood south of san francisco. the massive explosion and fire ball destroyed more than 50 homes and killed at least one person. fire investigators say it appears to be a natural gas line explosion. dozens of people were injured and many more are still unaccounted for. this morning some neighbors are describing how they escaped the flames. >> i had trouble getting out, i had to -- car was -- i have a car in the driveway but it is burning already. this car was in the garage and able to get in it and i had to lift the garage door manually and jump in and ride out through the fire. and it kind of melted the tail lights a little bit.
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>> everyone who lives in the immediate area is being evacuated. the cause of the explosion is still under investigation. we'll continue to update you on the story throughout the morning. the military's ban on openly gay service members is unconstitutional. that's according to a ruling by federal judge in california. the u.s. district judge made the ruling last night and says she will issue an injunction halting the don't ask don't tell policy. the judge said the policy does not help military readiness but has a harmful effect on the armed services. government lawyers say the judge lacks the authority to issue a nationwide injunction and the issue should be decided by congress. the world is watching and waiting this morning to see the small church in florida goes forward with plans to build the koran tomorrow. yesterday the leader of that church, the reverend terry jones first said he would cancel the event. he made the announcement after thinking developers had agreed to move the site of a propose the mosque and kul tural center
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from ground zero in new york. a imam close to the project says moving the site and not a done deal. after hearing that, reverend jones said he may still go through with the koran burning. >> now we're a little bit, not totally, a little bit back to square one. we're prayerfully considering what we would do. the imam who met with jones yesterday represents central florida, musry says jones told him he only called off plans to burn the koran because it cohen danger troops not because of a possible deal to move the mosque. president obama is scheduled to hold his eighth press conference at the white house this morning. main topics will include steps to improve the economy and the bp oil spill disaster. the koran burning controversy could also be a subject of discussion. count on news 4 to bring you that press conference live.
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it's scheduled to start at 11:00. the d.c. mayor's primary is four days away. today the two main candidates will face off again during a morning radio show. one issue that may come up is that allegations some people may have been paid to vote. megan mcgrath joins us live from the chevy chase community center where people have been casting early votes all week long. >> reporter: good morning, eun. early voting in the district of columbia is something that is new and voters seem to like it. thousands have already cast their ballots. as the big day draws near, things are heating up in the race for mayor. the latest involves allegations of vote buying and calls for an investigation. early voting has been brisk, about 14,000 people have cast their ballots already with the busiest location in chevy chase. >> early voting centers have been going well, our busiest early voting center has been chevy chase, no problems at the voting equipment. almost all of voters that have
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used them have liked them. >> reporter: but vincent gray has called for an investigation into the charges of vote buying. his call is fueled in part by a television report in km a voter says he was promised money by a fenty supporter for his vote but didn't get paid. >> we've asked for an investigation into the allegation that someone was offered a job in return for their votes. we think this should be put to rest quickly and be investigated immediately by the board of elections and fbi and whomever else. adrian fenty says the allegations are untrue and distracting in the final days of the campaign. fenty says now is the time to focus on the issues. >> let's get back to talking about the real issue, crime going down, city service being as good as it ever had. >> reporter: d.c.'s primary is on tuesday. vincent gray is asking an investigation be carried out quickly. back to you in the studio. megan, thank you.
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this morning a metro access driver is being accused of sexual misconduct. it's the fourth such charge against a metro access driver this year. 59-year-old samuel kingston fondled a passenger late last no in silver spring, accused of grabbing a woman that suffers from cerebral palsy. now challenger transportation is coming under fire, however metro says it has confidence in the contractor's hiring policies. satisfied with the fact that they have an adequate screening process. you get a couple of bad apples when you have this many employees and this many different types of transportation situations. >> the company that owns challenger transportation released a statement that says in part, quote, every driver in the metro access service has to go through a background check prior to employment. we strongly believe the incident of alleged abuse are isolated.
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kingston has denied the charges in a written statement and due in court october 1st. 100 metro buses are off the road for unscheduled maintenance. they said each bus could need hydraulic pump repairs. the problem may have sparked a fire yesterday involving one of 10-year-old buses on 495 near springfield. metro pulled the remaining 99 buses off the road as a precaution. other buses will cover those routes today. metro says passengers shouldn't have major delays to deal with. federal funding for stem cell research can continue for now. a d.c. appeals court suspended a previous ruling that blocked money for studies. 22 stem cell projects were expected to receive checks in december. the back and forth decisions cover jep diszed some research project that's a are hard to st. 59 degrees, the redskins
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kick off their home opener this weekend. >> so are fans competent that the team will be able to pull off wins with the new coach and quarterback? we'll find out. a half dozen families are looking for a new home after a townhouse fire. >> that's a check of the early mor
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time for weather and traffic on the ones. good morning i'm tom kierein, around 5:11 in the morning now. a cool start under a clear sky. we're in the 50s in most locations and we have a bit of a breeze still up around the northwest around 10 miles an hour. mid 60s near the bay. highs today should make it into the upper 70s.
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by dawn tomorrow the mid-50s, a great start this saturday and we'll have clouds developing in the afternoon. a great day for the football games tomorrow and tonight. then on sunday, we'll have likely rain in the morning through midday but then drying out in time for the big game sunday night. eric thomas, how's the traffic? >> still seeing problems at university boulevard eastbound at dennis avenue. the crash just blocking the right lane eastbound. there's utility work because of the crash a car went into a pole and wires came down and obviously you'll have that closure. in virginia seeing growing volume here on 95 northbound on the left hand side, growing volume pen newington and springfield between old bridge road. they could not advise a direction. i'm eric thomas, back to you in the studio. 59 degrees, head on news 4 today, we'll look at this
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morning's top stories. several local families are burned out of their homes. then the redskins take on the dallas cowboys in the season home opener.
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firefighters outside of san francisco are struggling to put out a massive fire that started with a huge explosion. the fire in the san bruno neighborhood has already killed one person and destroyed 53 homes. crews believe a ruptured gas line sparked that explosion. another metro access driver has been arrested on charges of sexual misconduct. 59-year-old samuel kingston is the fourth metro bus driver to be charged with sexually assaulting a passenger this year. more than 14,000 voters in the district have cast their ballots early ahead of next tuesday's primary. now there are allegations of vote buying of the vincent gray is calling for an investigation. the investigation says no formal complaints have been filed. a federal judge in
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california says the military's ban on openly gay service members is unconstitutional. the ruling was handed down last night. the judge says she will issue an injunction holding don't ask, don't tell. government lawyers say the issue should be decided by congress. a horrific scene in philadelphia, a shooting inside the kraft plant killed two people. a woman was suspended yesterday and then returned with a hand gun last night and opened fire. sources say about 100 people were in the building at the time and investigators say the woman called 911 from her cell phone inside the plant and turned herself in. five families are out of their homes this morning after a fast-moving fire in herndon. the fire damaged several town homes at the reflection lakes complex. heavy smoke could be seen for miles away. several pets had to be rescued but no one was hurt.
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the flames spread because of the wind and vinyl siding on the homes. >> black smoke was everywhere. it was very scary. >> i think it's going to be hard for the community for a little while. i don't believe i'll put up that siding any time soon. >> investigators believe the fire started in a shed behind those townhomes. are you ready for some football? because the nfl is back and last night the season kicked off with a rematch of last year's nfc's championship game, the saints hosted the vikings in a game that was not quite as exciting as last year's showdown. drew brees and brett favre threw for touchdowns and it was a low scoring game, saints came out on top, 14-9. >> talk about a way to start the season. the redskins are getting ready to take on the dallas cowboys at home sunday night and fans are preparing right along with the
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team for the big matchup. elaine reyes has more on how fans are getting pumped up for the game. there is a lot of excitement. >> reporter: there is a chill in the air, fall is on the way and for many, this is the best time of year. especially for football fans. last night here on nbc, we saw a rematch of last year's super bowl and this weekend the redskins opened their season with bitter rivals, the dallas cowboys, the redskins have planned several events for a kickoff weekend. today it's back to school friday. schools can decorate the classrooms and send their pictures in for a chance to win big money, up to $10,000 for the best redskins themed decorated classroom. tomorrow there is a pep rally and sendoff party at redskins park. and on game day, sunday for the first time ever, parking lots will open at noon for tailgaters, there's all sorts of events planned there. the first 50,000 fans inside the
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stadium will get a free car flag, also a lot of screens and a lot of things opening up at the field very early. some events planned for fans there. of course, kickoff is at 8:20 sunday night. this morning you can catch the redskins cheer leaders on the "today" show, still around. you can watch them cheer on the redskins, gather a lot of support on the plaza in new york. eun, back to you. >> elaine reyes, in landover, thanks. metro is staying open later and will add more trains to help fans get back after sunday night's game. they'll close at 1:00 a.m. monday morning. if you can't make it to the game, tune in right here to nbc 4 to catch all of the action sunday night. coverage begins at 8:15 sunday night football right here on nbc 4. this is football weather. tom. >> it's going to be good football weather sunday night
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too and we better see good football. >> we better. >> we need it. >> and we need some rain too. that may come in before the game. right now off to a dry and cool start on this friday morning. right now only in the 50s in most locations outside the beltway. 40s in the mountains and in washington, low to mid-60s as well as near the bay. bright sunshine and a blue sky. clear tonight, 60s through the evening. and sunny saturday morning and clouds moving in saturday afternoon and evening. highs in the upper 70s. looks like rain is possible after midnight saturday night and off and on perhaps through midday sunday with highs in the mid to upper 70s. we have to get sun back before sunset and we should be drying out in time. by kickoff time we'll be in the low 70s. on monday, we get back to work and school. and lots of sun and dry weather continuing as we get into next week with temperatures right up
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around 80s in the highs for the afternoon. hearing about a problem in northeast, anacostia avenue, a man hole in that intersection is on fire, which might cause some distraction there. 410 eastbound in east river dale at baltimore washington parkway, there's road work continues. and in virnginia, please are directing traffic at ridge field road around an obstruction because there is some sort of obstruction in the roadway and they need to get you around it. i'm eric thomas, now back to pat and eun. the time is 5:22, coming up, a bank robber gets more than he bargained for. we'll show you one man's quick action tha
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with our appliance trade in program. sears. a brave bank customer is getting credit for stopping a robbery in action. a masked man walked up to the teller line and pointed a gun at employees and another man walked up, grabbed the would-be robber in a choke hold and tackled him to the ground. the suspected thief got away. police believe he took off in a vehicle waiting outside the building. a historic art gallery wants your help financially for recovering from a fire. last thursday a fire started on
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the roof of the phillip collection while crews were doing renovation work. the flames did not damage art work, but the building needs maker repairs, most of the galleries were able to reopen except for those in the phillip's house. they larnlged a cell phone campaign for small donations, they can give 5 or $10 by texting phillips 5 or 10. don't ask, don't tell. while many of you were sleeping, a federal judge ruled the policy unconstitutional. what next? a florida pastor has changed his mind again. will he or won't he burn the koran tomorrow? we're live with the latest. we're staying on top of a developing story. one person is dead and entire neighborhood up in flames. more on this massive explosion in northern california. just drive, we'll get there! adventure runs on dunkin',
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new video noefr night from fiery explosion, what caused this massive and deadly fire ball in northern california. >> also we're following new developments in the koran burning controversy. find out in the florida pastor will go through with his plan to burn the muslim holy book. the race for d.c. mayor, new allegations of voting fraud and
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a call for an investigation. we're live with the latest. good morning, i'm eun yang. >> joe krebs is taking the day off. welcome to "news 4 today" on this friday, september 10th, 2010. it's a clear, cool crisp good feeling friday morning and great way to end the week. >> you could open the windows and enjoy the cool breeze. >> joe always consults me about when he should take his vacation. >> he did this time. >> what a wonderful week it's been. the only thing is it's getting very dry, we do need rain. we do have a likelihood of rain moving in by the end of the weekend but no this morning. temperatures around the region are fresh and cool under a clear sky. now it's in the low to mid-60s in washington near the bay. and just right near the beltway in prince george's county only near 60 and arlington as well. farther south and east and west and north only in the 50s in montgomery and fairfax counties and southern maryland.
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except near the bay, eastern shore only the low 50s many locations. 40s in the mountains of western maryland and west virginia. all of this coming from canadian high pressure nosing down from the great lakes region and coming down out of ontario. that will be with us today and tomorrow with more dry weather and sunshine into the 70s today and tomorrow. saturday afternoon and evening we cloud up and after saturday night. drying out just in time for the big game sunday night. how's the traffic now? >> 95 northbound in springfield going to get some growing volume starting in newington heading up to springfield. 123 southbound in virginia, looks as though that crash will block lanes. make sure you use caution if that's the place where you'll be heading. 270 southbound at 109 usually start seeing brake lights but so far looking good. beltway carrying no delays
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throughout maryland and virginia. i'm eric thomas, back to pat and eun. breaking news right now out of afghanistan. reuteres are reporting that protesters angry over the pastor's plan to burn the koran attacked a base in afghanistan. nbc has not yet confirmed these reports. initially the pastor had called off his plan but now he may go through with the plans this weekend. tracie potts joins us live in capitol hill with more on that part of the story. >> reporter: pat, good morning, as we start to see the reaction around the world you can bet the muslims celebrating the send of ramadan are watching this very closely. what's not clear is what happened in florida between the pastor and the imam that he met with yesterday. it seems his attempt to defuse the situation made it worse.
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>> reporter: florida pastor terry joepz said he would call off the koran burning. >> we have agreed to cancel our event on saturday. >> reporter: hours later jones accused the muslim leader standing next to him of lying about whether a mosque two blocks from ground zero would be moved. so now jones says the event may be back on. >> we're a little bit back to square one. >> reporter: the florida imam says he agreed to ask new york investors to move the mosque but never promised it was a done deal. >> he clearly understood that there were no cut deals over there in new york. >> reporter: the new york team says they never agreed. now the white house may get involved. a white house spokesman accused jones of seeking publicity. >> this is a desperate man seeking the attention of the better part of the world. >> reporter: complicating things, donald trump offered to
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buy the new york mosque site for 25% more than investors paid. they turned him down. here in the nation's capital, federal authorities don't believe there's anything they can do to stop this event from happening tomorrow. live on capitol hill, i'm tracie potts, news 4. more now on the developing story out of northern california. a massive fire that's taken over a residential neighborhood has already destroyed more than 50 homes and killed at least one person. this is happening right now in san bruno, just south of san francisco. crews say it appears the fire was sparked by a natural gas line explosion. dozens of people are injured and many are still unaccounted for. witnesses described running from the flames. >> i had to look for my 80-year-old father in the house. they said he's gone and not there. >> we just ran, didn't have any shoes. the kids were -- we had to borrow all of stuff from our
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neighbors. >> everyone who lives in the immediate area is being evacuated. the cause of of the explosion is still under investigation. a federal judge in california is calling the military's ban on openly gay service members unconstitutional. the u.s. district judge made the ruling last night and says she will issue an injunction halting the don't ask, don't tell policy. the judge says the policy doesn't help military readiness but instead has a direct and harmful effect on the armed services. government lawyers say the judge lacks the authority to issue a nationwide injunction and the issue should be decided by congress. with just days to go before the d.c. mayor's primary, there are new allegations that some people may be getting paid to vote. these claims are only fueling the already heated race. megan mcgrath joins us live from the chevy chase community center where early voting is already taking place. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, eun, early voting is something that's new in the district of columbia and thousands of people have
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already cast their ballots. of course, the big day, primary day is on tuesday and things are certainly heating up in the race for mayor. the latest flap involves allegations of buying votes and also calls for an investigation. early voting has been brisk, about 14,000 people have cast their ballots already with the busiest location in chevy chase. >> early voting centers have been going well, our busiest early voting center has been chevy chase, no problems at the voting equipment. almost all of voters that have used them have liked them. >> reporter: but vincent gray has called for an investigation into the charges of vote buying. while gray has made no allegations himself, his call is fueled in part by a television report in which a voter says he was promised money by a fenty supporter for his vote but didn't get paid. >> we've asked for an investigation into the allegation that someone was offered a job in return for their votes. we think this should be put to rest quickly and be investigated immediately by the board of
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elections and fbi and whomever else. >> reporter: adrian fenty says the allegations are untrue and distracting in the final days of the campaign. fenty says now is the time to focus on the issues. >> let's get back to talking about the real issue, crime going down, education improving and city service being as good as it ever had. >> reporter: gray is asking for a very quick investigation, one that could be concluded quickly in a short time line. the clock is ticking, the primary is on tuesday. megan, thank you. four local schools are sell opera -- celebrating a grave achievement, 2010 blue ribbon schools. one was the school without walls senior high. the school earned blue ribbon status because of the rigorous
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curriculum it offers. other area schools recognized include st. john the baptist and northern middle school in calvert county. they are school that's are really making the grade. >> great to see a d.c. list on the blue ribbon list. con grats. 5:38 is our time. are you ready to play football? >> the redskins play the dallas cowboys in the season home opener. up next, a check of the early morning weather and traffic. ♪
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welcome back at 5:41. it is 57 degrees, nice, cool, brisk morning to start your friday and get ready for a nice weekend as well. >> we're rds for the weekend, tom. ready for some rain. >> that looks like halloween pumpkins on the 14th street bridge. it is really quite cool. more like halloween weather than mid-september. 50s in most locations outside the beltway. right near the bay only in the 40s this morning in the mountains in west virginia. we should recover nicely in the mid to upper 70s will lots of sun. sunny tomorrow morning, cool start again in the 50s and clouds rolling in the afternoon. needed rain after midnight saturday night and off and on through midday sunday and dry first part of next week.
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we'll look into next week in ten minutes. eric, how's the traffic? >> we have slow traffic on 270 southbound near the 109 int interchange. in the district we have northeast specifically, anacostia avenue, northeast at benning there's a fire in a manhole cover. 95 northbound in virginia, growing volume, all lanes are open but it is slow. i'm eric thomas, back to pat and eun. it is now 5:42. coming up, brand-new safety concerns involving metro, but this time the concerns don't involve the rail. also ahead, there could be relief on beltway. we'll get an update on when a major road project can open. football fans in washington are very excited. washington takes on dallas. how confident are you about the season? stay with us. hmm, do i wear hats?
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breaking news out of afghanistan, protesters angry over plans by the florida pastor to burn copies of koran have attacked a nato base in northern afghanistan. one person is reportedly dead. nbc news has not confirmed the reports. initially the pastor called off his plans but now saying he may go through with the plans anyway. firefighters outside of san francisco are struggling to put out a massive fire that started with a huge explosion. the fire in san bruno already killed one person and destroyed 53 homes. dozens of other homes are damaged. crews believe a ruptured gas line sparked the explosion. a federal judge in california says the military ban on openly gay service members is unconstitutional. it was handed down last night.
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she'llish w isish why an injunc halting the measure. a hiker held in iran more than a year is expected to be released tomorrow. iranian officials say sarah shourd's release will coincide with the holy end of ramadan. she needs treatment for serious medical issues including a lump in her breast. she crossed the border illegally and there is no word on the fate of other two hikers jailed. iran threatened to put them on trial for spying. two women hit by an out of control car are fighting for their lifrz this morning and we're learning more about the driver who hit them. 23-year-old sham ka adams had a blood alcohol level twice the legal limit. strefs at district shortly before she crashed into the front of the restaurant hitting to pedestrians.
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julia bachleitner suffered a fractured skull and severe head trauma. her injuries are said to be life-debtening. melissa basque suffered serious head injuries and broken leg. both are students at johns hopkins near dupont circle. >> it's a horrible tragedy and we are deeply shocked that this happened and hopeful that there will be a speedy recovery for the students involved. >> the driver chamica adams has been charged with dwi and aggravated assault. metro says even though 100 buses are out of service today, customers should not see a major disruption in service. the transit agency took 99 buses off the road after one caught fire on 495 near springfield. metro believes the problem could have started with a hydraulic pump in 10-year-old vehicles.
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well, sundays are about to get really busy again. last month the season kicked off the nfl season with a rematch of last year's nf krmt championship game, the new orleans saints host the minnesota vikings in a game that was not quite as exciting as last year's showdown. drew brees and brett favre threw for touchdowns but it is a low scoring game. the saints did come out on top, 14-9. and it could be a thrilling start to the season right here in d.c. redskins are getting ready to take on the dallas cowboys at home sunday night and fans are preparing right along with the team for the big matchup. elaine reyes is near fedex field on how the fans are getting pumped for the game. a lot of anticipation and excitement. hi, elaine.
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>> reporter: you know what it's like when you get cowboys fans and redskins fans together, right? it's crazy. and this year, the redskins fans, it is a level of confidence they haven't had in a while. they are definitely very confident against the upcoming game against the dallas cowboys, the redskins before this opening weekend planned several events for kickoff today. it's football friday, schools have gotten the chance to decorate classrooms and can send the pictures in, show off the skills and enter for a chance to win $10,000. tomorrow at redskins park, there's a pep rally for fans and sendoff party for the team. and on game day, the big game, sunday, for the first time ever, parking lots at fedex field will open at noon for tailgators. they have all sorts of events there before the kickoff at 820 this sunday night. the first 50,000 fans inside the stadium will get a three car
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flag. we found a few redskins fans this morning. here's what they had to say about the big game. >> this is what relive for, redskins nation, we're going to win it all. only thing i can say, the redskins are going to win it all. >> donovan mcnabb, well, going to be a great season. that's all i can say. >> reporter: and you know, it's not really hard to find people with an opinion especially when it concerns the dallas cowboys. we'll be out here all this morning and of course, the redskins cheerleaders will be up in new york to make an appearance on the "today" show, on the plaza trying to get everyone excited for the big matchup. you've got to love the optimism of a redskins fans, we're going to win it all, we haven't started yet. >> reporter: totally. that's all i've heard all morning. >> here's hoping for the best.
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thanks so much. and metro is staying open later and will add more trains to help redskins fans get back home after sunday night's game. the transit agency will close at 11:00 monday morning. if you can't make it to the game, tune in right here to nbc 4 to catch all of the action sunday night. coverage begins at 8:15. that's sunday night football right here on nbc 4. positive thinking. >> yeah. it will do the trick. >> high school football is under way, many of the teams are playing again tonight. so great football weather, just perfect. a lot of times the early games can be hot and humid, not this evening. great high school football weather for this friday night and for starting off friday morning with clear sky this morning and temperatures are cool right now at reagan national, at dry, we have a breeze coming in out of the west-northwest gusting to around 15. and elsewhere in montgomery,
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arlingt arlington, fairfax, temperatures in the 50s to near 60. southern maryland in the low 60s but a little ways inland only in the 50s as well as northern neck in the eastern shore. f 50s in the west of the shan dough with a valley. we have high pressure to thank. it's coming down from the great lakes region out of southern canada all the way to the atlantic seaboard giving us this clear and cool pattern. students waiting for the buses will need to dress warmly. 50s and low 60s for another two or three hours then we jump to the 70s by noontime with lots of sun. sunrise is a little less than an hour away. sunset at 7:24. overnight tonight, clear, great evening for football in the 60s and we'll be in the 50e's by dawn saturday. sunny tomorrow, high school games too tomorrow and all of college games should be great weather for that with highs reaching the 70s throughout the
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region and increasing clouds saturday afternoon and evening. on sunday, does looks like predawn maybe showers as well as through midday. then drying out sunday night and into monday. for the game on sunday night, by kickoff time should be in the low 70s under a partly cloudy sky, great football weather. then into next week, the dry pattern continues. eric thomas, how's the traffic? >> everything is looking good. 95 northbound in springfield looks as though you'll see growing volume past newington. all of lanes are open. take a look at 270 live southbound moving at a good pace. in northeast you'll have a problem at anacostia avenue northeast in benning. apparently a manhole on fire which might cause a distraction. back to pat and eun. after years of construction and controversy, the intercounty connector will be open. it is being build in five
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segments, the first segment, a five-mile stretch is nearly complete and could open in next three to four months. we got a chance to tour that section of the roadway. transportation leaders say the icc will provide a quicker route between montgomery and prince george's counties and should help relief congestion on local roads. >> a lot of the work ha that's to be completed it weather dependent. we're focused to get this complete by this year, early 2010 but the weather will play a critical role in what the actual completion date will be. >> when the entire icc is complete, the 18-mile stretch will connect gaithersburg and laur rel. the entire trip will take 21 minutes. a controversial new video game has been banned from being sold at u.s. naval base stores. ea warns there's blood, strong
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violence and language in this latest medal of honor game. but the game is really causing an uproar because it allows players to be taliban fighters and kill american troops. >> it's bad. >> i might get it. pretty much jut just a video game. e a's president says the game was a creative risk but they are standing by its product. new rule shubz released about how long airline pilots can remain on duty without rest. they are expected to make the announcement during a news conference, the proposal follows concern that pilot fatigue contributed to a crash last year in buffalo that killed 50 people. the space shuttle discovery has been moved into the kennedy space center's vehicle assembly building to prepare for its last scheduled mission. the move from the hangar was
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supposed to take place on wednesday but it was delayed because a water main break. the next step is to attach the rocket boosters and fuel tank. it is set to launch november 1st. a new study shows that hospitals need to build trust with the african-american community to boost their blood supply. the study in new york city looked at reasons why african-americans donate blood at lower rates than white. distrust in the health care system, including the blood donation process was one of main reasons. >> have documents to get rid of? join us for the news 4 safe and secure community shred. we'll be at the rockville campus at lot number 13. you can bring up to five cardboard boxes or paper bags
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and we'll shred them for you. that can include financial or legal documents, receipts, tax or medical records and paper with staples or paper clips. there are some items at a won't be accepted, batteries, flammable or combustible items and electronic equipment or hanging file folders. we have traffic alert for you this morning. get ready for more changes on the 14th street bridge. we're following this swep developing story, a fiery explosion has rocked a neighborhood. hear what homeowners have to say about this frightening scene.
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